Councillors have begun a new era in which they will have special portfolios dealing with community issues.
The scheme was introduced at a recent Port Pirie Regional Council meeting for a 12-month trial.
This came after a resolution moved by Cr Kendall Jackson and seconded by Cr Dino Gadaleta. The portfolios:
- Regional collaboration - Mayor Leon Stephens and Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Zubrinich
- Strategy and finance - Cr Neville Wilson, Cr Ali Gulin
- Economic development - Mr Stephens and Cr Zubrinich
- Tourism and events - Cr Gulin, Cr Joby Connor
- Arts, culture and heritage - Cr Kendall Jackson, Cr Jack Keain, Cr Dino Gadaleta
- Governance - Cr Mick Hopgood
- Sport and recreation - Cr Gulin, Cr Hopgood, Cr Matt Perks
- Communications - Cr Jackson
- Primary industries - Dr Wilson, Cr Keain, Cr Jackson
- Small business - Cr Gadaleta, Cr Connor, Cr Perks
- Service review - Mr Stephens, Cr Zubrinich, Cr Wilson, Cr Hopgood
Council chief executive officer Peter Ackland told the meeting that the aim of the scheme was to capitalise on the diverse skills, knowledge, networks and experience of elected members.
He said this would be for the collective benefit of council and the community through councillors specialising in areas of interest and passion.
"It will enable councillors to 'champion' strategic and policy issues for council and the community," he said.
Traders' group Business Port Pirie has already reached out to Cr Connor, Cr Gadaleta and Cr Perks who hold business portfolios.
They will be invited to the group's next networking night at UniHub Spencer Gulf on March 26.
Cr Perks told the meeting that the group's yearly business dinner at the Function Centre had been "fantastic".
At a subsequent council meeting, veteran Cr Neville Wilson congratulated Recorder senior journalist Greg Mayfield on being awarded the Order of Australia Medal.
"There is no-one more worthy. Greg and I have had an excellent working relationship for the past 20 years. He has always honoured my requests," he said.
"I thought I might have written a story, but considered it best to leave it to the experts."
Councillors then applauded his comments.